Mesoscale probabilistic models for the elasticity tensor of fiber reinforced composites: Experimental identification and numerical aspects

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This work deals with the computational and experimental identification of two probabilistic models. The first one was recently proposed in the literature and provides a direct stochastic representation of the mesoscopic elasticity tensor random field for anisotropic microstructures. The second one, formulated in this paper, is associated to the volume fraction random field at the mesoscale of reinforced composites. After having defined the probabilistic models, we first address the question of the identification of the experimental trajectories of the random fields. For this purpose, we introduce a new methodology relying on the combination of a non destructive ultrasonic testing with an inverse micromechanical problem. The parameters involved in the probabilistic models are then identified and allows realizations of the random fields to be simulated by using Monte Carlo numerical simulations. A comparison between simulated and experimental results is provided and demonstrates the relevance of the identification strategy for the chaos coefficients involved in the second model. Finally, we illustrate the use of the first probabilistic model by performing a probabilistic parametric analysis of the RVE size of the considered microstructure. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Guilleminot, J; Soize, C; Kondo, D

Published Date

  • December 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1309 - 1322

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-6636

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.mechmat.2009.08.004

Citation Source

  • Scopus